2018-03-09 / Community

Pharmacy to partner with CVS

The University of New England College of Pharmacy has joined CVS Health to offer a residency training program in specialty pharmacy. The fastest-growing segment of the pharmacy industry, specialty pharmacy focuses on high-cost, high-touch medication therapy for patients with complex disease states.

With this partnership, UNE is part of a select group of U.S. universities offering this specific program. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, there are more than 1,700 pharmacy residency programs in the country, but it’s estimated that fewer than a dozen concentrate in specialty pharmacy.

The residency will allow pharmacists to learn from real-world experience with “specialty” medications, which typically involve unique handling and administration requirements. It will provide hands-on management and clinical training around conditions such as organ transplant, hepatitis C, HIV and rheumatoid arthritis.

The program, which has an agreement through June 2020, continues a partnership established by UNE and Apothecary by Design. Recently acquired by CVS Health, Apothecary by Design will remain a provider of specialty pharmacy services to patients with chronic, complex diseases at its Portland location. The UNE-CVS Health resident will be based at Apothecary by Design and will be an employee of CVS Health.

Kenneth McCall, associate professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is director of the program.

“With recent advances in science, specialty care is at the forefront of pharmacy, and CVS Health is at the forefront of specialty,” he said. “The University of New England College of Pharmacy is thrilled to enter into this specialty pharmacy partnership with CVS Health, offering a unique opportunity which complements the other rich resources we bring to the profession of pharmacy.”

“We’re pleased to work with UNE on this residency program and to introduce pharmacy graduates to the specialty pharmacy field,” added Amy Oliveira, senior director, pharmacist talent acquisition, CVS Health. “Through this unique specialty pharmacy experience, graduates will be exposed to a growing part of the pharmacy business and be armed with the skills and expertise they need to care for patients with complex and chronic conditions.”

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